3. Role of Microorganisms in Biogeochemical Cycles

  1. Gabriel Bitton

Published Online: 8 NOV 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470901243.ch3

Wastewater Microbiology, Fourth Edition

Wastewater Microbiology, Fourth Edition

How to Cite

Bitton, G. (2010) Role of Microorganisms in Biogeochemical Cycles, in Wastewater Microbiology, Fourth Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470901243.ch3

Author Information

  1. Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 NOV 2010
  2. Published Print: 6 DEC 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470630334

Online ISBN: 9780470901243



  • microorganism role in biogeochemical cycles - nitrogen, phosphorus and sulfur cycles;
  • nitrification kinetics - growth rate of nitrobacter, higher than that of nitrosomonas;
  • phosphorus, macronutrients essential to all living cells - component of adenosine triphosphate (ATP)


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Nitrogen Cycle

  • Phosphorus Cycle

  • The Sulfur Cycle

  • Web Resources

  • Review Questions

  • Further Reading